CLAUDIO BRAVO should expect to be targeted as Manchester City’s weak links by their rivals in the Premier League.
And the club’s former goalkeeping favourite Nicky Weaver believes his lack of command of the penalty area plus the amount of gambles he is prepared to take will not have gone unnoticed.
Weaver said: “There is going to be a circus around him now in the media and teams coming up will have watched that game and be closing him down and forcing a mistake.
"He’s also going to get lots of jeers from opposing fans but he is vastly experienced so that won’t worry him.
“A lot of goalkeepers struggle with the Premier League when they first come. At corners they will try and pen him in and put it under the crossbar.
"Teams will try and exploit every weakness and City don’t have many so any little advantage will be taken.”
Weaver, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, added: “Obviously it wasn’t an ideal debut for him though he got away with it because they won.
"He made a mistake with the goal and whether he was to blame with a lack of communication or if it was John Stones only those two know but he’s the type of goalkeeper who plays on the edge, he plays high and takes risks. We can expect the odd mistake.
“He’s a vastly experienced goalkeeper with over a hundred caps and a couple of seasons at Barcelona and he will get caught a few times coming too advanced but that’s the kind of goalkeeper he is.
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"He’s very good with his feet and the manager wants him. He’s had one game and looks a little bit shaky but if City win the title then it’s been a good decision to bring him in.
“He is one of the smallest in the Premier League and the glove work on Saturday wasn’t at the standard expected of him.
"He always wants to play with his feet and in Spain the keeper is always seen as the eleventh outfield player and that’s how City want to play. But first and foremost for me I like to see a goalkeeper keep the ball out of his net.”
- Read the full 888sport interview with Nicky Weaver, including his thoughts that Claudio Bravo is no Manuel Neuer